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Ethics in Innovation

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World Forum for Ethics in Business, San Francisco

The World Forum for Ethics in Business will convene leading CEO's, impact investors, entrepreneours and NGO leaders to integrate ethics and social responsibility into the DNA of innovation

Ethics in Innovation

Explore novel ideas that can promote human wellbeing & solve the biggest problems facing our society and planet

Innovation in Ethics

Be inspired with success stories of how startups and large enterprises are rising to tackle threats to humanity and the environment



Susan Etlinger

Industry analyst at Altimeter focused on data analytics.

Susan will cover the impact of artificial intelligence, data and advanced technologies on business and culture. Susan’s TED talk, “What Do We Do With All This Big Data?" has been viewed more than 1.2 million times.


Dr. Parry Aftab

Digital privacy and cybersecurity lawyer and advises industry and nations on digital policy and best practices.

Dr. Parry Aftab will discuss on how to prevent another ‘Cambridge Analytica’ incident from happening again


Dean Rich Lyons

Dean of UC Berkeley’s Haas School, former Chief learning officer for Goldman Sachs

Dean Lyons will share his 11 year journey to build Haas School’s Defining Principles – Question the Status Quo, Confidence Without Attitude, Students Always, Beyond Yourself


Louis Gagnon

CEO for MyBrainSolutions and former Chief Product and Marketing Officer at

Louis will speak on the role of culture & leadership in executing ethically.


Dr. James R. Doty, MD

James R. Doty, M.D. is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor.


Elizabeth Xu

CTO for C.P. Group, leading the Digital Transformation using Data and AI technology, Former CTO at BMC Software.


Barbara Lawler

Barbara is Founder at Digital Stewardship Strategies, former Chief Privacy Officer, Intuit and HP. She has an extensive track record in shaping the thinking of U.S. and global policymakers on data policy issues through direct interaction, formal testimony and leadership roles in key information policy organizations.

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Clara Brenner

Clara is co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in the future of cities. The fund provides seed capital and regulatory support to entrepreneurs solving our toughest urban challenges – helping them grow into tomorrow’s most valued companies.

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Donna Kostigen

Donna is VP of Business Operations at Symantec. Donna is a business transformation executive with extensive experience leading global initiatives in GTM, product development processes, operational improvements and M&A. A proven change agent experienced in best practices to drive business results, improve effectiveness and efficiencies. Known for motivating cross- functional teams to align execution plans with strategic objectives.


Animashree Anandkumar

Principal Scientist at Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Bren Professor at Caltech. Anima Anandkumar offers that rare combination of leading-edge academic research with equally deep experience in business and practical applications. She specializes in using AI in cloud computing to solve real world problems


Bill Kung

Former CEO of Y Combinator company, Vest, Bill spent last two years investing on the ground in Nepal, Myanmar, and India. Notable projects include financing Nepalese fruit tree farming ventures for cash crop and water conservation. He has invested in over 30 tech companies, half of which went public or were acquired. His third startup, Vest was acquired by Chicago Board of Options. Previously, he cofounded Lamiu, one of China’s leading fashion ecommerce businesses.


Mikael Ekman

Chief Advisor and Deputy to Denmark's (and the World's) first ever Tech Ambassador at Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark


Dr. Ioana Cozmuta

Dr. Ioana Cozmuta is currently working as a contractor at NASA as the Industry Innovation and Microgravity Lead, in the NASA Space Portal and the Emerging Space Office at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley.
She will speak on "New Space, Innovation And Ethics"





Registration and Breakfast

(NB. Registration closes at 9:30)


Welcome address by Rajita Kulkarni

Rajita Kulkarni is the President of the World Forum for Ethics in Business


Keynote - The Customer Experience of AI with Susan Etlinger

Five Principles to Foster Engagement, Innovation and Trust In the next five years, AI will be ubiquitous. This talk explores how AI fundamentally changes the relationship between business and consumers, lays out a set of operating principles to address these changes, and includes insight on how to design ethical and customer-centric experiences in the age of AI.


Data security

Cambridge Analytica and the high cost of Trust with Dr. Parry Aftab, Barbara Lawler & Donna Kostigen

Cambridge Analytica, ostensibly a voter-profiling company, accessed data about 50 million Facebook users. We need to talk about “increased” role of ethics, values and company culture in ensuring that data does not get abused and invaded to serve wrong interests as the world becomes more and more digital and technologies like AI are on the rise.





Ethics in Innovation: a Modus Operandi with Louis Gagnon

Every day, at every level of an organization, ethical decisions are made and applied - or not. In that context, how does an innovation CEO ensure that his/her organization makes the right trade-offs? How does one build an ethical legacy? The CEO must simply create a set of meaningful, deep, mobilizing values that become a collective daily practice – not mere printed material and coffee mugs. Attendees will learn • How the typical Corporate Values Model may have hit its limit • His personal experience implementing such model as the CEO • Why he has come to think that Compassion, Passion and Dispassion represent the best possible Input Values that an organization can adopt



Compassion, Ethics and Leadership with Dr. James R. Doty


Lunch Break



Audience Q&A Panel: Role of leadership in executing ethically

Louis Gagnon & Dr. James Doty, Moderator: Devan Batavia, President at Big Mind Unlimited


Ethical & Impact Investing panel discussion

Sumathi Jayaraman, Director of Strategy and Innovation Unit, UNDP. Clara Brenner, co-founder and Managing Partner of the Urban Innovation Fund. Bill Kung, Fintech Entrepreneur, Impact Investor Mikael Ekman, Deputy to the Danish Tech Ambassador


Winning with AI with Dr. Elizabeth Xu

How to transform your business, career, and Life with AI technology. AI has been widely used in various industries, in next 10 years, AI will completely change our life, career, and business. AI will become so pervasive that it becomes part of our lives without much of notice. This talk will talk about AI, along with IOT, and Blockchain Technology, their history and current and future applications, and share the insight about how to use these technologies to improve our lives. Attendees will learn: * Why and how AI changes will our lives and work forever * Applications in various industries and new job opportunities and lifestyle created by these technologies * Recommendations and best practices for career transformation and business transformation


Networking break


Future of AI on the Cloud

Animashree Anandkumar Principal Scientist at Amazon Web Services (AWS)


Ethics in Space Exploration

Dr. Ioana Cozmuta, Industry Engagement & Commercial Space Partnerships, NASA Research Center


Connection with community & ethics

Jennifer Stevenson, TLEX Institute


Audience Q&A panel: Ethics in Hi-tech

Q&A Moderator: Bharat Vijay, CTO Sumeru Dr. Elizabeth Xu Dr. Animashree Anandkumar Dr. Ioana Cozmuta



How Leaders Set Culture: 4 Principles to Make Ethical Culture Real with Rich Lyons

All great firms are intentional about culture. They think deeply about the content and deeply about execution. This session will present some tools for forging valuable cultures, including those where what it means to take the high road are explicit. Attendees will learn: Rules for converging on the right culture content | Rules for being disciplined about execution | Levers for making it all work.

4:30 pmPM

Closing Remarks

Karishma Anand & Casti Cimpian

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